Inquiry Plan Submission

2021-2022 NOIIE Inquiry Plan Submission – Due December 22, 2021

The Spiral of Inquiry provides the framework for Network schools to be curious about and (1) scan for what is going on for their learners, to develop a (2) focus for their team inquiry, to explore (3) hunches about what is leading to this situation (good and bad) for learners, to identify areas for (4) new learning, to (5) take action, and to (6) check how much difference these new actions are making to learners.

This Inquiry Plan Submission is based on the first four stages of the spiral of inquiry. The case study (submitted upon completion of this inquiry) will include a description of the actions you took throughout the year and the ways in which you checked to determine whether or not you made enough of a difference to your learners. Make sure you are clear on what indicators you will use during the checking phase well before you reach that stage.

In preparing your submission (due Dec. 22, 2021), please refer to The Spiral Playbook, the 4 Key Questions for Scanning and Checking, as well as other resources available on the NOIIE website – and please make sure to share these resource with your team members, particularly those who may be new to inquiry.

The Spiral Playbook – see more info here
The Spiral of Inquiry Overview – view here
4 Key Questions for Scanning and Checking – view here


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  • There will be a new question on the 2021 – 2022 Case Study Submission Form, asking you to report back on your use of the 4 Key Questions that Matter, and specifically, student responses to the following question: Can you name two adults in this school who believe you will be a success in life? Please try to ask students this question, both early in the school year, and then again after you have implemented your inquiry plan. You will then report this quantitative data in the checking section of your case study submission, near the end of this school year.